Jul 272015
 
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Osi Umenyiora, New York Giants (October 21, 2012)

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Osi Umenyiora Plans to Retire a New York Giant: According to multiple press reports, former New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora, who played with the team from 2003 to 2012, plans to sign a 1-day contract with the Giants soon and retire as a New York Giant. The 33-year old Umenyiora has spent the last two seasons with the Atlanta Falcons. Umenyiora is currently an unrestricted free agent. The New York Post and Newsday are reporting that Umenyiora will likely sign the 1-day contract during the team’s training camp which begins on July 30.

Umenyiora was originally drafted in the 2nd round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Giants. He missed the entire 2008 season with a knee injury but accrued a total of 75 sacks in his other nine seasons in New York. His regular-season sack total is seventh-best in franchise history after Lawrence Taylor (142), Michael Strahan (141.5), Jim Katcavage (96.5), George Martin (96), Leonard Marshall (79.5), and Andy Robustelli (79).

Umenyiora was also an important part of two NFL Championship teams. The New York Daily News is reporting that Umenyiora would like to re-sign with the Giants in order to play with the team again, but the Giants apparently are not interested. Umenyiora has not received much interest in free agency and his career appears to be over.

New York Giants Pre-Training Camp Articles:

Jul 262015
 
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NY Post Q&A with LB Beason: Giants’ Jon Beason on grueling comeback, new D-coordinator and JPP by Steve Serby of The New York Post

Articles on the 2015 New York Giants:

Article on WR Odell Beckham: Inside Beckham’s aftershocks from the catch that shook the world by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Article on OT Marshall Newhouse: Giants’ Marshall Newhouse grades out as ‘overrated’ by Jordan Rannan for NJ.com

Articles on DE Jason Pierre-Paul:

Article on DT Markus Kuhn: With JPP in doubt, this must be unconventional Kuhn’s year by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Jul 232015
 
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Steve Spagnuolo, New York Giants (June 8, 2015)

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Giants Re-Sign Safety Justin Currie: The New York Giants have announced that they have re-signed rookie free agent safety Justin Currie (Western Michigan) a week after they waived him. Because of this move, we have updated the Transactions, Roster, and Depth Chart sections of the website.

Giants.com Q&A with CB Chykie Brown: The video of a Giants.com interview with cornerback Chykie Brown is available at Giants.com.

Article on QB Eli Manning: Giants’ Eli Manning finishes 12th in ESPN QB rankings, called an ‘interception machine’ by Jordan Raanan for NJ.com

Articles on WR Odell Beckham:

Article on the New York Giants Defense: What is one key stat the Giants defense is aiming to reduce? by Dan Salomone of Giants.com

Article on DE Robert Ayers: Giants need this one veteran to step up in JPP’s absence by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Articles on New York Giants Linebackers:

Kevin Gilbride and Shaun O’Hara Discuss Super Bowl XLII: Shaun O’Hara and Kevin Gilbride dissect the “Helmet Catch” by Dan Salomone of Giants.com.

Jul 212015
 
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Eli Manning and Kevin Gilbride, New York Giants (September 8, 2013)

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New Deal for Eli Manning Looming?: According to Ian Rapoport of The NFL Network, the New York Giants and quarterback Eli Manning may be close to a new contract either before or early on in training camp. Players report to training camp on July 30.

“This is another one where the Giants hope to do a deal either before training camp or early on in training camp,” said Rapoport. “My understanding is the Giants brass is confident in doing a deal in due time. Actually, just talking to people on both sides of this, it seems to make sense for both sides to do a deal, one that they think and hope will get done this year. Remember, Eli Manning set to make $17 million and a contract extension will give him only a little bit of a raise but will help the cap number, something the Giants certainly would like to do.”

Manning is entering the last year of his current deal. He is scheduled to make $17 million in salary and count $19.75 million against the 2015 salary cap.

Kevin Gilbride Comments on Giants Offense: Kevin Gilbride, who served as the New York Giants offensive coordinator from 2007-13, was asked about the state of his former team’s offense on The NFL Network (video) on Tuesday.

“I think they’re in a good place offensively. I think they’ve got all of the bugs worked out,’’ said Gilbride. “They’ve assimilated some of the things that Eli liked from the year before. They’re all familiar now with the verbiage, the underlining concepts. They’re all confident in what they were doing at the end of the year. The fact that they got Victor Cruz coming back is a great thing.

“The addition of Shane Vereen I think is a tremendous addition — they haven’t had a running back that they could throw the ball to with any confidence since Tiki Barber left. There are a lot of things to be very optimistic about. I think if there is one area that would cause some concern it would be in the offensive line. The tragedy of that is they’ve made some strides over the last couple years to address that issue. They brought in Justin Pugh, they brought in Ereck Flowers, they brought in Weston Richburg. They made some adjustments which I thought they had to make, which was moving Pugh to the inside.

“The problem is it all went astray when William Beatty got injured in the offseason. Now they have to move Ereck Flowers over to the left tackle position; quite honestly, I’m not sure that he’s ready technique-wise to play that. He does a very poor job with his hands. At the right tackle position I think they could have helped him. They are not facing the amount of premium pass rushers. Playing left tackle I think is going to be a difficult thing for him. But more importantly is who is going to play the right tackle position now?

“The good thing is that they are throwing a high percentage, a high volume of short, three-step passing. Quick passes. The fact that they got a guy like Odell Beckham and Victor Cruz who can run very well so they can get the ball out of their hands and still have some big time, productive plays. But I really do think it is going to come down in the end to how well the offensive line plays.”

NFL Network Interview with WR Odell Beckham: The video of an NFL Network interview with wide receiver Odell Beckham is available at Giants.com.

Giants.com Q&A with S Landon Collins: The video of a Giants.com interview with safety Landon Collins is available at Giants.com.

Jul 212015
 
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Eli Manning, New York Giants (June 16, 2015)

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The New York Giants training camp schedule was officially released on Monday. Only nine practices will be open to the public at Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey due to MetLife Stadium events and the two joint practices held with the Cincinnati Bengals in mid-August. The open practice sessions are July 31 and August 1, 2, 3, 6 16, 19, 20, and 25.

Practice sessions usually last approximately two hours (i.e., 2:30-4:30PM), but the schedule is subject to change and fans should check with Giants.com for the latest updates.

  • Friday, July 31: 2:30 p.m. – Practice
  • Saturday, August 1: 2:30 p.m. – Practice
  • Sunday, August 2: 2:30 p.m. – Practice
  • Monday, August 3: 2:30 p.m. – Practice
  • Tuesday, August 4: CAMP CLOSED; no practice
  • Wednesday, August 5: CAMP CLOSED; MetLife Stadium Event
  • Thursday, August 6: 2:30 p.m. – Practice
  • Friday, August 7: CAMP CLOSED
  • Saturday, August 8: CAMP CLOSED; MetLife Stadium Event
  • Sunday, August 9: CAMP CLOSED; no practice
  • Monday, August 10: CAMP CLOSED; Travel to Cincinnati
  • Tuesday, August 11: 3:00 p.m. – Joint practice with Bengals in Cincinnati
  • Wednesday, August 12: 3:00 p.m. – Joint practice with Bengals in Cincinnati
  • Thursday, August 13: CAMP CLOSED; jog-thru in Cincinnati
  • Friday, August 14: Giants at Bengals, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 15: CAMP CLOSED; no practice
  • Sunday, August 16: 5:50 p.m. – Practice
  • Monday, August 17: CAMP CLOSED
  • Tuesday, August 18: CAMP CLOSED; no practice
  • Wednesday, August 19: 5:50 p.m. – Practice
  • Thursday, August 20: 5:50 p.m. – Practice
  • Friday, August 21: CAMP CLOSED
  • Saturday, August 22: Giants vs. Jaguars, 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 23: CAMP CLOSED
  • Monday, August 24: CAMP CLOSED; no practice
  • Tuesday, August 25: 2:30 p.m. – Practice
  • Wednesday, August 26: CAMP CLOSED; MetLife Stadium Event
  • Thursday, August 27: CAMP CLOSED; end of training camp

The New York Giants have provided the following guidelines for training camp:

Admission: There is no admission charge for watching training camp workouts.

Fan Guidelines: Practice sessions will be open to the public throughout training camp (July 31-Aug. 25). Limited seating is provided alongside the practice fields. Restroom facilities, concession stands and a free kids’ activity area will also be available.

Autographs: A different position group of Giants players will sign autographs for fans each day following practice. In addition, select Giants legends will sign autographs during each practice. A full schedule will be released on Giants.com.

Kids’ Zone: Families will love the Big Blue Kids’ Zone at camp, with games and inflatables for kids of all ages.  The first 100 kids who visit the Big Blue Kids’ Zone at every practice will also receive a Giants’ Back to School Supply Pack. The Big Blue Kids’ Zone will be open as soon as gates open until the end of practice.

Fan Parking: Parking is free and is located in Lot K on the grounds of the MetLife Sports Complex. The lot will open to the public one hour before the scheduled start time of practice and the gates will open 30 minutes before practice begins. The parking lot will close one hour following the conclusion of practice. All fans attending practice will be subject to security screening before entering the seating area.

25th Anniversary Giveaway: The first 1,000 fans who attend practice on Thursday, Aug. 6 and Thursday, Aug. 20 will receive a 25th Anniversary pennant, courtesy of Party City, celebrating the Giants’ 1990 championship season.

Rain Policy: In the event of inclement weather (including rain, thunderstorms and extreme heat), practices will be moved indoors and will be closed to the public. Please check Giants.com prior to every practice for up-to-the-minute changes in the daily practice schedule.

Jul 202015
 
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Jason Pierre-Paul (90), Justin Tuck (91), New York Giants (January 22, 2012)

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Justin Tuck Comments on Jason Pierre-Paul: There has not been much word on New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul since the immediate aftermath of the July 4th fireworks accident that severely injured his right hand and arm. There is still no concrete information on the true extent of Pierre-Paul’s injuries which are believed to include a right index finger amputation (including knuckle), fractured right thumb (requiring pins), skin grafts to his lower right arm, and possibly additional finger and hand fractures. It is believed that Pierre-Paul has still not allowed Giants officials to meet with or examine him.

Former Giants teammate defensive end Justin Tuck, who is currently with the Oakland Raiders, told the press on Monday that he has been in regular contact with Pierre-Paul since the injury.

“I’ve been in constant conversation with JPP,” said Tuck. “He is (in good spirits). He’ll be the first one to tell you he made a mistake. He’s fine. He’s going to have a great year.”

“I think he will be (the same player),” said Tuck. “Once he gets used to playing again, you can’t deny his athletic ability. He’s a terror to block. Hopefully everything else gets healthy around him and if that is the case, I don’t see any reason why he wouldn’t be the JPP of the second half of the season like he was last year.”

Tuck did not seem overly concerned about the loss of Pierre-Paul’s right index finger on his overall game. “Honestly, the (three-point) stance is the only thing I think would be new (to him),” Tuck said. “JPP’s got huge hands. So I think he’ll make up for it.”

Giants.com Q&A with WR Corey Washington: The video of a Giants.com interview with wide receiver Corey Washington is available at Giants.com.

Article on RB Shane Vereen: Giants new running back Shane Vereen: Underrated, overrated or as expected? by Jordan Raanan for NJ.com

Article on WR Odell Beckham: Marquee Man Starring Odell Beckham Jr. by Kimberly Jones of NFL.com

Article on OG Geoff Schwartz: Giants’ Geoff Schwartz eager to put 2014 in his rearview mirror by Nick Powell for NJ.com

Article on DE Jason Pierre-Paul: David Diehl says Giants’ Jason Pierre-Paul faces ‘an uphill battle’ after finger amputation by Christian Red of The New York Daily News

Article on S Jeromy Miles: Former Baltimore Ravens safety Jeromy Miles a no-risk signing for Giants by Jordan Raanan for NJ.com

Jul 182015
 
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New York Giants Helmets (October 27, 2013)

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Bill Arnsparger Passes Away: Bill Arnsparger, who was head coach of the New York Giants from 1974-1976, passed away on Friday at his home in Alabama. Arnsparger was 88 years old.

While the Giants were tough on defense under Arnsparger, his time in New York was the low-point of his long and successful coaching career. With Arnsparger the head coach, the Giants’ overall record was only 7-28. Arnsparger was fired during the 1976 season after a disastrous 0-7 start. He was replaced by John McVay.

As a defensive coordinator, Arnsparger coached in six Super Bowls during his time with the Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, and San Diego Chargers. He was also head coach of LSU for three years in the 1980s.

Marcus Harris Added to Injured Reserve: One day after he was waived/injured, New York Giants wide receiver Marcus Harris was added to Injured Reserve on July 16. Harris underwent microfracture surgery on his right knee after the June mini-camp.

Giants.com Q&A with LB J.T. Thomas: The video of a Giants.com interview with linebacker J.T. Thomas is available at Giants.com.

Article on RB Andre Williams: How Giants’ Andre Williams and some NFL players prepare for the season by Jordan Raanan for NJ.com

Important Dates Section Updated: We have updated the Important Dates section of the website.

Jul 162015
 
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Jason Pierre-Paul, New York Giants (November 25, 2012)

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No Long-Term Deal for Jason Pierre-Paul: As expected, there will be no long-term deal for New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul in 2015. The deadline for NFL teams to sign their Franchise players passed at 4:00PM on July 15. Thus, if Pierre-Paul is physically able to play this season, he must do so on a 1-year contract. Pierre-Paul is the only Franchise player this year not to work out a long-term deal with his team.

The Giants designated Pierre-Paul their Franchise player in March with a 1-year, $14.813 million tender. Pierre-Paul has not yet signed that tender. He can still do so, or the Giants could rescind the tender (immediately making him an unrestricted free agent), or both sides can agree to a new 1-year contract compromise.

Pierre-Paul suffered serious injuries to his right hand in a July 4th fireworks accident at his South Florida home. There is still no concrete word on the true extent of Pierre-Paul’s injuries which are believed to include a right index finger amputation (including knuckle), fractured right thumb (requiring pins), skin grafts to his lower right arm, and possibly additional finger and hand fractures.

If the Giants eventually choose to attempt to re-sign Pierre-Paul to a long-term deal, they must now wait until the 2015 season is over. But unless Pierre-Paul is tendered again with a Franchise tag, there is no guarantee that he will return since he will become an unrestricted free agent.

Marcus Harris Had Microfracture Surgery: As we previously reported, WR Marcus Harris was waived/injured by the Giants on Wednesday. It was believed that Harris had relatively minor arthroscopic surgery on his right knee after the team’s mini-camp in June. However, NJ.com is reporting that the surgical procedure revealed a more serious issue which required much more serious microfracture surgery. The recovery time for microfracture surgery, which is sometimes career-threatening, is 5-6 months. The surgery basically ended his season before it started.

Harris impressed during training camp last year but was sidelined with shoulder and hip injuries that landed him on season-ending Injured Reserve in late August. Before that time, he had been receiving some first-team reps and looked to make the 53-man roster.

“No need to feel sad or sorry for me,” Harris said. “I don’t feel that way for myself.”

Jul 152015
 
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Marcus Harris and Michael Strahan, New York Giants (August 3, 2014)

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The New York Giants officially announced that they have signed unrestricted free agent safety Jeromy Miles (Baltimore Ravens). The Giants also waived/injured wide receiver Marcus Harris and waived safety Justin Currie.

Miles, who will turn 28 years old next week, originally entered the league as an undrafted rookie free agent signed by the Cincinnati Bengals after the 2010 NFL Draft. The Bengals waived him in September 2013 and he was then claimed off of waivers by the Ravens. Primarily a career back-up, most of Miles’ experience coming on special teams. He has three career starts, two coming last season with Baltimore. He finished 2014 with 28 tackles and one interception, pass defense, and forced fumble.

Miles was also a teammate of wideouts Victor Cruz and Julian Talley at the University of Massachusetts.

Harris originally signed with the Giants in 2013, spending that season on the Practice Squad and 2014 on Injured Reserve with a hip injury. Before that, he spent time with the Lions, Titans, and Arena League. Harris underwent a surgical procedure on one of his knees after this year’s mini-camp.

Currie was signed by the Giants as a rookie free agent after the 2015 NFL Draft.

Because of these moves, we have updated the Transactions, Roster, Depth Chart, and 2015 Free Agency Scorecard sections of the website.

Jul 152015
 
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Report – Giants Expected to Sign S Jeromy Miles: According to ESPN, the New York Giants are expected to sign unrestricted free agent safety Jeromy Miles (Baltimore Ravens).

Miles, who will turn 28 years old next week, is a big safety (6’2”, 211 pounds) with decent athletic ability. He has spent time with the Cincinnati Bengals (2010-13) and Ravens (2013-14). Primarily a career back-up, most of Miles’ experience coming on special teams. He has three career starts, two coming last season with Baltimore. He finished 2014 with 28 tackles and one interception, pass defense, and forced fumble. Miles was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent the Bengals after the 2010 NFL Draft.

Miles was also a teammate of wideouts Victor Cruz and Julian Talley at the University of Massachusetts.

Jason Pierre-Paul Released from the Hospital: New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has reportedly been released from Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida. Pierre-Paul suffered serious injuries to his right hand in a July 4th fireworks accident at his South Florida home. Pierre-Paul was a patient of the hospital for approximately 10 days.

There is still no concrete word on the true extent of Pierre-Paul’s injuries which are believed to include a right index finger amputation (including knuckle), fractured right thumb (requiring pins), skin grafts to his lower right arm, and possibly additional finger and hand fractures.

Giants.com Player Q&A’s: Video clips of Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

  • OT Marshall Newhouse (Video)
  • DE Robert Ayers (Video)
  • DT Cullen Jenkins (Video)
  • LS Zak DeOssie (Video)

Article on OG/OT Brandon Mosley: Brandon Mosley will have a real chance to win Giants’ RT job by Dan Schneier of FOXSports.com

Articles on DE Jason Pierre-Paul: